Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Adventures Leaders

We, the leaders of smu outdoor adventures, enrich and develop the community, the program and ourselves. We model leadership by constantly building and maintaining interpersonal, educational and outdoor skills through a high level of self-awareness and an atmosphere of excellence. We make a positive impact by creating an open environment that engages the community and empowers its individuals to explore new frontiers.

The Leaders of SMU Outdoor Adventures is comprised of a great cross-section of outdoor enthusiast from the SMU community.We are dedicated to making your experience positive and rewarding.

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OA Leaders

Albert Mitugo

Position: Senior Coordinator Outdoor Adventures
E-mail: amitugo@smu.edu
Phone:(214) 768-4822
Working Since: 2008
Hometown: Rowlett, TX
Degree: M. Ed - Educational Leadership

Favorite Trip: Kind of difficult to pick out one considering the length of time I have spent in the back country (over 180 weeks). They are all pretty awesome!
I get to work with and develop awesome young leaders that move on to do great things!

Quote: "A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions" - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Addie Olson

Position: Manager, Program Development and Trip Leader
Working Since: December 2014
Hometown: Richardson, TX
Major: Statistical Science and Marketing

Favorite Trip: Winter backpacking 2015 was my favorite and first trip with SMU OA. Getting away from civilization for that weekend was a great and refreshing experience. I have been in love with the outdoors my whole life, and getting the opportunity to share my love with other students at SMU has been an unparalleled experience.


Riddhi Kakka

Position : General Leader
Working since March 2016
Hometown : Mumbai , India
Major : Telecommunication Engineering

Favorite Trip : One of my Favorite trip is Trek to Roopkund. It is located in Garhwal Region in India. It is also known as mystery lake . You can find human skeletons at the bank of the lake and it is believed that they belong to the Palaeolithic age. Trekking in India and choosing the Roopkund trek is an adventurous journey which passes through many exotic and beautiful locations. As you trek towards the lake, you would find lush green grassy land and conifer forest ranging towards the fall of hills.

Quote: "I love working for OA because I get to meet new people and also interact with them. At the end of the day it is love for Adventure. OA is BEST !!!"

 Henry Copeland

Working since March 2014
Position: Trip Leader
Hometown: Oakton Virginia
Major: Computer science with a math minor

Quote: "The OA has provided tons of opportunities for me to become further involved with the SMU community and to explore the outdoors in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I love the OA and the trips are a blast! Great organization full of great people."

Michael Weiss

Position: Manager, Trips Program
Working since March 2016
Hometown: Oakland California
Major: Environmental Studies

Favorite Trip: Summiting Wind river Peak in Wyoming with NOLS

Quote: The OA has been by far the best job I've ever had. I get to go backpacking for my job and share the experience with my friends.

Bela Lacayo

Position: Trip Leader
Working since March 2016
Hometown: Houston
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Favorite Trip: Outdoor Leader Training Backpacking trip

Quote: Getting paid for something you love is something special

Eric Straw

Position: Manager, Climbing Center
Working since March 2016
Hometown: Carlsbad, California
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Favorite Trip: Camping in New Zealand

Quote: Its a magical world, let's go exploring - Calvin & Hobbes

 Jamie Paterson

Working since: October of 2016

Major: Environmental Engineer

Hometown: Keller, Texas



Albert Park

Position: General Leader

Hometown: Coppell, TX

Major: Accounting, Environmental Studies

Working since September 2016

Quote: "The OA has enriched by experience at SMU and encouraged my passion for adventure!"



Avishkar Kalgutkar

Working Since May, 2017

Position: Manager, OA Rental Shop

Hometown: Mumbai India

Favorite Trip: Backpacking in Coorg, India. A hilly district in southern India, Coorg is known for its exotic scenery. The region stays lush green all year round owing to its pleasant climate.


Dallas Haas

Working Since March 2017

Position: Outdoor Leader Training Program


Steven Na

Working since March 2017

Position: Outdoor Leader Training Program



Hollie Rients

Working since April 2017

Position: Outdoor Leader Training Program


Bella Hubbard

working Since September 2017

Position: General Leader

Hometown: Radnor, Pennsylvania
Major: Business and Pre-Med 


Brian Oketch

Working since September 2017

Position: General Leader

Hometown: Rusinga Island, Kenya

Favorite Quote: It always seems impossible until it is done- Nelson Mandela


Ty Kelly

Working since September 2017

Position: Outdoor Leader Training Program

Hometown: Tiburon, CA

Quote: Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves- Henry David Thoreau



Alison Wenzel

Working Since September 2017

Position: General Leader

Hometown: Crawford, TX
Major: Environmental Science with a Biology Emphasis and a minor in Environmental Anthropology

Favorite Trip: Summiting my first 14er, the tallest mountain in CO, Mt. Elbert!

“As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can."
― John Muir


For any questions please contact the Outdoor Adventures Office at 214-768-9918 or email outdooradventures@smu.edu.